1 Peter: Christians Are Guarded By The Power of God

The apostle now informs his Christian readers that the power of God guards us (1:5a).  This term, also rendered “kept” in some English translations, comes from the Greek term phroureo and is a military term; it refers to being under military guard.  During biblical times, soldiers at the gates of a city would stand at post to either keep the hostile invaders from entering the city or keep the citizens within that city from leaving the protection of its walls and falling into enemy hands.  Our heavenly Father does the same for us through His awesome power.  The gospel is the power God uses to save us (Rom. 1:16), and this same power is used to guard us from Satan. … Read More 1 Peter: Christians Are Guarded By The Power of God

The Importance of Christ’s Church

What I don’t understand is why many professed followers of Christ want to have nothing to do with His church.  I’ve heard people say, “Christ yes.  The church, no,” or “I love Jesus and want to follow Him, but I have little use for the church.”  I believe many do not understand what the church truly is and what the Bible actually teaches about the church.  If we would see what Scripture teaches about Christ’s church, we will come to appreciate her more and make sure our own concept of the church is harmonious with God’s Word.… Read More The Importance of Christ’s Church

“What Shall We Do?”

When the very first converts to Christianity asked the apostle Peter, “Brethren, what shall we do?” (Acts 2:37) upon hearing of their impending condemnation for their sins, Peter did not say, “Ask Jesus into your heart for the forgiveness of your sins.”  He said, “Repent, and each of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit” (Acts 2:38).… Read More “What Shall We Do?”

Hebrews: Securing An Eternal Redemption

Those “who are called” by the new covenant “may received the promised eternal inheritance” (9:15).  How does this happen?  The New Testament contains the gospel of Christ, which is how God calls everyone to himself (2 Thessalonians 2:14).  God calls for all to obey the gospel in order to avoid hell and receive “the promised eternal inheritance” of heaven (2 Thessalonians 1:7-9; 1 Peter 1:4).  One obeys the gospel by believing in Christ, repenting of one’s sins, being baptized for the forgiveness of sins, and then holding fast to the word of God as revealed in the New Testament (Mark 16:15-16; Luke 24:45-47; Acts 2:37-39; 17:30-31; 1 Corinthians 15:1-2). … Read More Hebrews: Securing An Eternal Redemption